A year in review

Bye 2012, welcome 2013. Do you remember the terrible earthquake in Japan? How did the crisis affect the world? Who died?

Take a few minutes to look back and remember the best stories of 2011. Click here.


New Year's Wishing Wall

Working hard on your New Year's resolutions? Any wishes for the New Year? Would you like to share them with the rest of the world?

Each year in New York people  write their wishes for the New Year on pieces of paper. These wishes are collected and added to the confetti that are thrown at midnight onto the crowd who celebrate the beginning of the New Year in Times Square.
Unfortunately, most of us won't be there to see it or to write our wish, but you can share your wishes online just by clicking right here

Have a wonderful New Year's Eve!


Christmas music NOW WITH ANSWERS

Here's Michael Buble singing "Have yourself a merry little Christmas"
See if you can fill the gaps in the lyrics! 

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be _________________
From now on,our troubles will be out of _________________
Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Make the Yule-tide gay,
From now on, our troubles will be miles ____________.
Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
________________friends who are dear to us
_______________near to us once more.
Through the years We all will be together,
If the Fates _______________
Hang a shining star upon the ______________bough.
And have yourself A merry little Christmas now.


Christmas jokes

Today is Childermas or Holy Innocents' day. In Spain it it a day for practical jokes and fun, though this is not so for other countries - in Ireland, for instance, it's considered an unlucky day.

Anyway, let's stick to the Spanish spirit of the day and learn some Christmas jokes. Have fun!

Click here


Christmas movies

This is perhaps the most traditional Christmas movie ever. If you haven't seen it, it's high time!

Have fun


The Twelve Days of Christmas

What are the twelve days of Christmas? When do they start? What is Boxing Day? What is Twelfth Night?

Find out by clicking here

There is a traditional Christmas carol about this tradition. Watch this updated version:

Check the blog for the next 12 days. There'll be a little surprise for you every day.
Merry Xmas


December 21st

So, holidays at last!
This week we've managed to finish unit 3.2. Please, do the exercise about prefixes on page 35.

You'll find more exercises about prefixes here.

You can learn more vocabulary about rooms and houses here or watch a video here.

There's no specific homework for Christmas, but keep an eye on the blog after the 26th and you'll find things to do.

Merry Xmas and happy New Year.



Try some exercises about prefixes hereherehere and here

If you want to try both prefixes and suffixes. click here and here


Describing rooms

Learn adjectives to describe buildings here. Learn and practise vocabulary with some games here. Check this out if you want to revise parts of a house. You might also want to revise prepositions of place and movement. You can do so by clicking here.

BBC Design Rules: How to make a room look bigger.

How can you make the most of your living room? Watch the video and find out.

Watch from 5:17 to 9:10 and fill in the blanks with the words you hear:

  1. An empty white box might look _______________ but is so _______________ as to be almost unliveable.
  2. The living room has to double up as a playroom, TV room, somewhere to _______________ and somewhere to _______________ for a family of four.
  3. One of the principal sources of conflict seems to be _______________
  4. There are _______________ which are fighting with each other, colours that are fighting with each other, _______________ next to Aztec, next to this _______________
  5. There is this concept of agoraphobic _______________ that feels it needs to keep its back to the wall at all times.
  6. It’s as if someone had sat down and tried to work very hard to bring as many ____________________ elements into one room all together.
  7. There is a basic fundamental problem with the _______________ of the room. The _______________ is not high.
  8. First step in any room is to go out and come back in again. Look at the room _______________
  9. The window is the most dominant focal point and people crave _______________, regardless what they’re viewing.
  10. Views will act to _______________ or stretch rooms.
Watch from 27:00 to 27:44. What does he say about…?
  1. Clutter
  2. Light
  3. Colours
  4. Texture
  5. Windows
  6. Reflected light
  7. Mirrors
  8. Skirting boards
  9. Furniture


Relatively speaking: relative clauses

Get more practice with relative clauses:

For defining and non-defining clauses click here and here

For relative pronouns click here and  here

For non-defining clauses click here

Find the mistakes in the sentences here

Or try these:
Adjective clauses (who, that) 
Adjective clauses (Mixed pronouns) 
Adjective clauses (Mixed pronouns) 
Adjective clauses/noun clauses (what, that) 


Vanessa-Mae The Making of Me

Watch the whole documentary about Vanessa Mae.

See the related videos to continue watching.


December 5th

This week we've been giving our opinion on a number of issues. Please, revise pages 26, 27 and 131. If you want to learn more expressions to introduce opinions, click here.
We've also been learning how to use linkers. You'll find more info and exercises here.

There's a handout for homework, but you´ll have to collect it in class.

Due to the holiday tomorrow, groups A/B and C will be out of synch for a few days. Don't worry, we'll go back to normal schedule after Christmas, but in the meanwhile blog posts and updates will be delayed until all the groups have done the same class.

Have a nice weekend!

Introducing opinions

Learn and practise some idioms of opinion here or more expressions to introduce opinions here.